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The junction between a user and a computer program. An interface is a set of commands or menus through which a user communicates with a program. A command-driven interface is one in which you enter commands. A menu-driven interface is one in which you select command choices from various menus displayed on the screen.

The user interface is one of the most important parts of any program because it determines how easily you can make the program do what you want. A powerful program with a poorly designed user interface has little value. Graphical user interfaces (GUIs) that use windows, icons, and pop-up menus have become standard on personal computers.



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Outstanding Page Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines
Online book that describes the way to create products that optimize the interaction between people and Macintosh computers. Includes many examples of good design and explains why one implementation is superior to another. Updated on May 13, 1998

Outstanding Page Windows Interface Guidelines
This Microsoft site hosts a collection of information related to Windows user interface guidelines for software design. Includes sections on designing the user interface, design specifications and guidelines, and Windows interface components.

  Mac OS 8 Human Interface Guidelines
Online book from Apple Computer on the theory behind the Macintosh "look and feel" and the practice of using individual interface components. Updated on Jun 17, 1998

  User Interface Design Workbook
Presents articles dealing with concepts of user interface design. It is based on a workbook project undertaken at the London Guildhall University for a postgraduate qualification.

  Yahoo!'s user interface page
Yahoo!'s directory of user interface. Updated on Aug 1, 1998

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